A Bigger Bang of new CD releases
It’s only September and already thoughts of hibernation are hitting this city’s denizens. It feels like fall.
More specifically, it feels like fall before a very, very long winter.
Hockey will undoubtedly help get us through it, as will the new TV season, which — I hope! — will bring us more shows about wacky, dysfunctional families with dumb but caring white fathers or programs where things aren’t quite as they appear (or are they? No. They’re not).
One thing is for sure – there are several big-name CDs on the way between now and Christmas to keep you stuck inside, huddled by your stereo system for warmth.
And it’s not just the regular slew of greatest hits, box sets and live albums — although there are plenty of those — there are a great many new studio albums, too.
The new music season kicked off last week in earnest, with anticipated discs from Our Lady Peace, Kanye West, Brooks & Dunn and Eric Clapton.
But that’s only the beginning.
This upcoming week features some more heat, thanks to Tuesday’s release of the Stones’ A Bigger Bang.
The disc features 16 new cuts.
Keeping old rivalries alive, the week after sees new tunes from former Beatle, Paul McCartney, who releases Chaos and Creation In the Back Yard.
That same day, Sept 13, is a busy one with new offerings from indie rockers The Dandy Warhols, country act Lonestar, oddball beauty Bjork and David Gray.
It’s also a big day for the blues, as Colin James, Bonnie Raitt and the legendary B.B. King deliver new albums.
The following week will bring a rush of blue hairs to the music stores, as Barbra Streisand will release Guilty Pleasures, which reunites her with Bee Gee Barry Gibb on the 25th anniversary of their 1980 smash Guilty.
There will probably also be a rush to the stores by the big hairs, as Bon Jovi return with Have A Nice Day.
The last Tuesday of the month brings out the women — there’s a new album from Sheryl Crow, white trash country queen Gretchen Wilson and jailbird Lil’ Kim.
It’s also a great day for Canadian music, as the king of canuck rock Neil Young releases a new one, as do Bruce Cockburn and the Cowboy Junkies.
Some other bands releasing albums of new and old material in September include: Sarah McLachlan, OK Go, Corb Lund, Tony Touch, Natalie Imbruglia, Madness, North Mississippi Allstars, Bruce Springsteen, Run DMC, Aaron Lines, Fembots, Hedley, Proclaimers, New Lou Reeds, Soulfly, Amanda Wilkinson and Queen Latifah (Sept. 6); Bad Manners, Tracy Chapman, Patty Loveless, Barra MacNeils, Pussycat Dolls, Sigur Ros, Dar Williams, Switchfoot, (Sept. 13); Anthrax, Disturbed, New Order, The Heck, Old 97’s, Jamiroquai, Maroon 5, Coheed & Cambria, Cranes, Matthew Good and Shaggy (Sept. 20); Ryan Adams, Toni Braxton, Sean Paul, The Corrs, Natalie Merchant, Pocket Dwellers, Supergrass, Deadly Snakes, Metric, keith urban, Boz Scaggs, Matthew Barber, Black Dice, FSOL, Mack 10, Britney Spears, Roger Waters, Grandaddy and Elbow (Sept. 27).
October picks up where September left off, with Cancon well represented by Hanna, AB boys Nickelback, who release All the Right Reasons.
Other big acts with new albums on that busy day include Franz Ferdinand, Fiona Apple, Muse, Buddy Guy, Clint Black, My Morning Jacket and the always sexy Liz Phair.
October 11 brings poptarts t.A.T.u. back to the CD shelves.
East Coast veterans Great Big Sea also celebrate a return with their new album The Hard & The Easy.
Since we’re talking returns, a week later, ’80s electronic heroes Depeche Mode deliver a new studio album, Rod Stewart releases his fourth disc in the popular American Songbook series, and Ashlee Simpson bequeaths us, presumably, another great work of art.
October closes with new releases from Robbie Williams, Faith Evans, A Perfect Circle, Bryan Adams, Fefe Dobson and a Christmas disc from operatic boy band Il Divo.
In October, also keep an eye for new discs by: Apache Indian, Coal Chamber, Echo and the Bunnymen, Soulfly, Sponge, Sara Evans, Alicia Keys, G. Love & Special Sauce, Beta Band, Chris Cagle, Simple Plan, Cream and the Pixies (Oct. 4); Death From Above 1979, Story of the Year, Default, Dru Hill, Elephant Man, Gang of Four and The Exit (Oct. 11); Martina McBride, Thrice, Melissa Etheridge, The Cardigans, Brian Setzer Orchestra and Destiny’s Child (Oct. 18); Delta Goodrem, *NSYNC, Aerosmith, Mariah Carey, Angie Stone, Merle Haggard and Marty Stuart (Oct. 25).
November and December
Once we get into November and December — usually the dumping grounds for record labels — the chances any albums from big-name acts will actually be released on their scheduled dates gets slimmer.
One that’s quite certain to get out on time, though, is the Live 8 collections, which are set for Nov. 8.
Tentatively scheduled — as, it should be noted, are all release dates listed — for those months are new discs from stars such as: Ozzy Osbourne, Slipknot and Santana (Nov. 1); Kate Bush, Pink, Neil Diamond and Limp Bizkit (Nov. 8); Ginuwine, Carrie Underwood and Jessica Simpson (Nov. 15); and System Of A Down, Bo Bice, Jermaine Dupri, John Mayer Trio and Scott Stapp (Nov. 22).
And if we’re lucky, we’ll also see new discs from Madonna, Big & Rich, Enya and The Darkness before the new year.
A Bigger Bang of new CD releases